Entrants in the 2018 Great Midlands Fun Run, have until close of business Monday 17th September to pay in their sponsor money.
Last year’s event raised over £263,000 taking the total distributed since 2003 to over £3.1 million.
Fun Run Event Director, Tracey Spare explained: “Even though a large proportion of sponsor money is now raised online, the next two weeks is critical in determining what the final total will be. Anyone who has raised sponsor money offline using their official Great Midlands Fun Run sponsor has until close of business two weeks today, Monday 17th September to pay in their sponsor money at any branch of Lloyds Bank.”
Entrants are asked to use the pre-printed Lloyds Bank credit slip enclosed in their information pack, as this is the method used to track credits to ensure sponsor money is distributed to chosen charities and voluntary organisations. If you have misplaced your credit clip, please visit the Fun Run web site home page, choose the Fundraising tab on the menu and click ‘Pay In 2018 Sponsor Money’ for full details on how to pay in your sponsor money.
Tracey said: “Once you have paid in your sponsor money, please post your sponsor form to: Great Midlands Fun Run, The Hub, Mere Green Community Centre, 30A Mere Green Road, Royal Sutton Coldfield B75 5BT. This will ensure your chosen charity can reclaim any Gift Aid where appropriate, which is worth 25p for every £1 you have raised, as long as your sponsors have provided their home address and postcode and ticket the Gift Aid box.”
“A large number of people have already paid in their sponsor money but not forwarded their sponsor form which means charities cannot reclaim Gift Aid!”
Online fundraising is continuing to grow in popularity and the Fun Run’s online fundraising partners, Virgin Money Giving & Just Giving provide the Fun Run with a breakdown of how much money has been raised for particular charities.
Tracey added: “Any sponsor money raised using online fundraising platforms is sent directly to the entrants’ chosen charity along with any Gift Aid their sponsors’ have pledged.”
“If anyone has used an online provider other than Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving or sent their sponsor money direct to their chosen charity or voluntary organisation, I would ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm how much they’ve raised, including any Gift Aid figure separately and for which charity, to enable us to add this to the overall total to be announced later this year.
“Charities and voluntary organisations need your sponsor money more than ever so they can continue their valuable work. Every £1 raised really makes a difference.”
Next year’s Great Midlands Fun Run has been confirmed for Sunday, 2 June, continuing the tradition of staging the event at the end of spring half-term holiday. Registration for 2019 will open on-line over the first weekend of next February with a limit of 6500 places.